Meng Issues Statement on Impeachment Vote
Dec 18, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) today issued the following statement on the House of Representatives’ vote to impeach President Trump.
“I did not come to Congress to impeach the President of the United States. I came to fight for the betterment of the lives of my constituents in New York’s 6th congressional district. This is an honor and duty I do not – and will not ever – take lightly.
Today, I voted to impeach President Donald Trump. I voted yes on two articles of impeachment against the President that charge him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. I did so with a heavy heart for our country, but a clear conscience. I did so, because, above all, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. I did so, because no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States.
The impeachment inquiry findings make clear that the President’s actions support charges of high crimes and misdemeanors. The President put his personal political interests above the interests of the American people. He compromised the public trust, undermined our national security, and jeopardized our democratic process. He schemed and conditioned official acts to get dirt against his domestic political opponent. Time and again, he continued to thwart Congress’s constitutionally-mandated power of oversight by blocking testimony and refusing to comply with House subpoenas. He failed to provide any exculpatory evidence. His actions are unprecedented and unapologetic. Ultimately, the President’s actions left the House of Representatives no other option, but to exercise the ‘sole Power of Impeachment,’ vested in it by the Constitution. These charges warrant the President’s removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under our nation.
We cannot allow the President of the United States to continue cheating and offending our democracy. Rather than defending the Constitution, the President has chosen to defy it. I vote today out of duty to our nation, and my oath to the Constitution.”